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  • U.S. regulations require 2 crew members in the cockpit

    Aviation eBrief
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
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  • WWII B-17 pilot does a Reddit “Ask Me Anything”

    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points
    Jill Tallman
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Carl Estersohn, second from right, top (photo from Imgur) World War II veteran and Boeing B-17 pilot Carl Estersohn appeared on Reddit on March 22 to participate in one of that board’s “Ask Me Anything” sessions. The 90-year-old, who says he still flies “when I get the chance,” fielded hundreds of questions and comments with the help of a Redditor named Victoria. Here are some of the top questions and answers. Which has been your favorite airplanes to fly? “It’s called a Bonanza. It’s made by the Beechcraft company. And I owned four of them in…
  • Military Flight Bag FLIP script discontinued

    ForeFlight
    ForeFlight
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:04 pm
    We are ending support for the legacy Military Flight Bag (MFB) FLIP script. This script, introduced in January 2013, will no longer be updated and may not be compatible with any future changes to the FLIP DVD format. We encourage our military and government customers to upgrade to the current version of ForeFlight’s Military Flight Bag (MFB). ForeFlight MFB supports global flight operations by providing a worldwide geo-referenced library of Department of Defense approach plates, airport diagrams, and chart coverage, all fully integrated with the ForeFlight Mobile Pro app. Pilots can…
  • Sequestration cuts are hurting U.S. military's technological edge

    AIA dailyLead®
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Department of Defense officials recently told a congressional panel that continued cuts to research and development are causi -More- 
  • Questions for George Bye

    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
    George Bye Founder, Chairman and CEO, Aero Electric Aircraft Corp., and Bye Aerospace, Centennial Airport, Denver read more
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  • Military Flight Bag FLIP script discontinued

    ForeFlight
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:04 pm
    We are ending support for the legacy Military Flight Bag (MFB) FLIP script. This script, introduced in January 2013, will no longer be updated and may not be compatible with any future changes to the FLIP DVD format. We encourage our military and government customers to upgrade to the current version of ForeFlight’s Military Flight Bag (MFB). ForeFlight MFB supports global flight operations by providing a worldwide geo-referenced library of Department of Defense approach plates, airport diagrams, and chart coverage, all fully integrated with the ForeFlight Mobile Pro app. Pilots can…
  • Forecasting for the Terminal Area is Incredibly Difficult

    Scott Dennstaedt
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    Perhaps the most difficult forecast any meteorologist has to issue is a Terminal Aerodrome Forecast or TAF. The terminal area is quite small; it is officially defined as “the area within five statute miles of the center of an airport’s runway complex.” Do you remember the world globe you used in grade school?  Well, imagine placing a single dot on that globe with a sharp pencil – that’s about the size of the terminal area. Consequently, forecasters consider a TAF a point forecast. Let’s take a look at a specific example. Below is a TAF for the…
  • ForeFlight Mobile and iOS 8

    tweihs
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    The next version of ForeFlight Mobile will require iOS 8 or later. By making iOS 8 the minimum iOS version supported, we can deliver new features that require iOS 8, deliver smaller application downloads, improve energy efficiency, add improved support for devices like the iPhone 6 Plus, and deliver faster application performance. The only device that is not capable of upgrading to iOS 8 that is currently also supported by iOS 7 (the current minimum iOS requirement for ForeFlight Mobile) is iPhone 4. This support article on Apple’s website describes how to update your iOS device…
  • ForeFlight MOS is Now Booming

    Scott Dennstaedt
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    As icing AIRMETs begin to morph into convective SIGMETs, you’ll be happy to know that ForeFlight Mobile is ready for the upcoming convective season with some enhancements to its Model Output Statistics or MOS forecast. As was announced earlier, MOS provides a TAF-like forecast out to three days for over 2,000 airports in the U.S. and its territories. To help you anticipate convection during your preflight planning, MOS now includes a forecast for thunderstorms over the next three days as shown below. April Showers To celebrate the spring thaw, we are taking MOS a step further; in…
  • Faster, Better Auto-router Now Available and DUATS service deprecated

    tweihs
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Last night we released an update to our airway routing suggestion in Route Advisor by replacing our previous route provider, DUATS, with our integration partner Lockheed Martin. This enhancement brings quicker response times and more accurate and direct routing for user-provided origin and destination pairs.  Lockheed Martin provides proper entries and exits onto and off of the airways so that clicking on the suggested route and loading it as a flight plan should be a seamless process. Previously this was not always the case with DUATS and some routes failed to load properly. Below is a…
 
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    Aviation eBrief

  • U.S. regulations require 2 crew members in the cockpit

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    U.S.  -More- 
  • New Texas aerial tour company booked solid thanks to Facebook posts by happy customers

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Mckay Ure, a former military pilot, recently launched a company, Island Biplanes, to give tours over South Padre Island in Te -More- 
  • SuperSTOL Stretch XL designed for more power

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Just Aircraft's SuperSTOL light sport aircraft is now 2 feet longer in the tail section and 6 inches longer up front.  -More- Consider This — Many pilots have life insurance policies that cost them more than necessary. Just because you fly don't overpay for life insurance. The Pilot Insurance Center agents are experts in life insurance that is aviation friendly and priced right for pilots. Get complete coverage with no aviation exclusions. Fast no hassle quotes online at — PICLIFE.COM
  • Pilot set to attempt his own record for most inverted flat spins

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Pilot Spencer Suderman is planning an attempt at breaking his own Guinness World Record for the most inverted flat spins in a -More- Finance your Aircraft with AirFleet Capital. Get approved for an aircraft loan in 1-2 business days! We provide low rates and terms to 20 years on new & used aircraft along with fast, personal service and an experienced staff to make the process simple. With great values on aircraft and our low rates, it's the time to finance. Call (800)390-4324 or request a quote at AirFleetCapital.com
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    27 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Corporate Aviation Insurance Group is looking for a sales executive who is knowledgeable and passionate about aviation, excel -More- DESSER TIRE & RUBBER OFFERS $10.00 OFF ANY $100+ ONLINE ORDER TO AOPA MEMEBERS! Desser, the world's oldest and largest aircraft tire distributor is offering $10 off any $100 or more online order. Choose from many great brands. Plus, get FREE SHIPPING in the Continental US. Visit the AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts website to see this and other great deals.
 
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    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News

  • Questions for George Bye

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
    George Bye Founder, Chairman and CEO, Aero Electric Aircraft Corp., and Bye Aerospace, Centennial Airport, Denver read more
  • April 1965 News

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
    If we were to tag the last 24 months in business aviation with a name, it in all probability would be the “Years of the Business Jets.” – B&CA Staff Looking at flying hours, business aviation accounts for about 40% of the total hours flown by general aviation. And who is buying? Business, primarily. Large business, small business and individuals who plan to use them for business. The North American Sabreliner was certificated for civil use in April 1963 and since then 32 aircraft have gone to corporate customers. The hottest turboprop aircraft at present is the Beech Model 90 King Air.
  • Textron Expands King Air Repair and Service

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Three Textron Aviation service centers have gained certification to repair and service King Air aircraft, the company said. Its company-owned service centers in Sacramento, California, Mesa, Arizona, and Paris have gained certification for Beechcraft King Air 90-, 200- and 300-series aircraft. The certification expands King Air operators’ access to its global customer service, the company said. The Sacramento and Mesa facilities are the first Citation service centers in North American to gain FAA authorization for Beechcraft King Air Service. read more
  • HAITEC Aircraft Maintenance GmbH Repair Station Approval

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    HAITEC Aircraft Maintenance GmbH, based in Germany, was granted Repair Station Approval by the FAA, which will allow it to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul services to operators of N-registered aircraft worldwide and grow its customer base, it said. HAITEC said it will mean growth at maintenance facilities at Hahn Airport and its VIP aircraft maintenance facility in Erfurt in Germany. read more
  • Continental Motors Announced Alternative Fuels Engine Certification

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    ​Continental Motors Group has announced that its six-cylinder engine that will run on alternative fuels, the IO-360-AF (Alternative Fuel) engine, has received type certification from the FAA.The engine is certified for standard 100LL as well as for 91UL avgas now available in several countries. Flight Design GmbH is expected to take delivery of the first certified engine in the second quarter of this year for use on its Flight Design C4 all-carbon composite light aircraft. read more
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    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points

  • WWII B-17 pilot does a Reddit “Ask Me Anything”

    Jill Tallman
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Carl Estersohn, second from right, top (photo from Imgur) World War II veteran and Boeing B-17 pilot Carl Estersohn appeared on Reddit on March 22 to participate in one of that board’s “Ask Me Anything” sessions. The 90-year-old, who says he still flies “when I get the chance,” fielded hundreds of questions and comments with the help of a Redditor named Victoria. Here are some of the top questions and answers. Which has been your favorite airplanes to fly? “It’s called a Bonanza. It’s made by the Beechcraft company. And I owned four of them in…
  • Time Out in Iguacu

    Tom Horne
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The members of the Air Journey South American self-piloting tour group have been on the road together for about four weeks now. On average, the three pilots and their passengers fly about 500-700 nm every two days. No one’s complaining, mind you, but there does come a time for “something completely different” as they say in the Monty Python shows. With this as a motivator, all hands signed up for a ride through the jungle in the national park surrounding our hotel near Iguacu Falls, Brazil (I’ve also seen it spelled “Iguassu,” by the way), followed by a…
  • On to Iguassu Falls

    Tom Horne
    21 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    Yesterday the Air Journey group flew from Buenos Aires’ San Fernando airport (SADF) to Iguassu Falls (SBFI), where there is a luxury hotel hard by a much-visited set of waterfalls–both within a national park. In retrospect, the departure from San Fernando had a comical air. Our airplanes were towed, one at a time, from the local FBO to the ramp in front of the tower. There, the police made us empty the contents of each plane for screening. After that, it was more cacophony on the frequency as attempt after attempt to secure permission for engine starts and clearances as…
  • Bariloche to Buenos Aires

    Tom Horne
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    After a nice stay at the Llao Llao Hotel (http://llaollao.com) in Bariloche, Argentina it was time for the nine people in our travel group to launch once more. This time, to Buenos Aires’ San Fernando Airport. It would be a huge understatement to say that all of us fortunate flyers were sad to leave Llao Llao. Take a look at this and you’ll see why: Llao Llao Hotel and grounds Nevertheless, on a trip that lasts six weeks and rounds the entire South American continent, someone has to beat the drum and keep the tour on the move. So Mike Williams, in his CJ1+, along with passengers…
  • One way to avoid the annual

    Mike Collins
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Shiny valve covers adorn the new Lycoming on Sean Tucker’s Oracle Challenger III. Sean D. Tucker, the highly regarded aerobatic pilot, is practicing two to three times every day as he prepares for the start of the 2015 airshow season. This week, he plans to test-fly his primary airplane, which last weekend was still being rebuilt in his Salinas, Calif., hangar. Rebuilt? Yes. The airplane is stripped down, taken apart, and rebuilt every year. The job–including new fabric, paint, engine, and prop–requires about 6,000 man-hours to complete. Overkill? No, especially when you…
 
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    Ask a Flight Instructor

  • Entering Class C Before Contacting Departure with IFR Clearance

    Drew
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:56 am
    If you take off from a satellite airport with instructions to climb to an altitude that will get you into Class C, can you fly into Class C without first establishing 2 way radio communications? The controller was handling other calls so I had no time to establish contact right away when Tower handed me over.
  • Picking a field for emergency landing at night

    Drew
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:54 am
    I’ve heard two sides to this: 1) try to land in an area that is dark because it means that there are no powerlines or houses, so it’s likely to be fields. 2) try to land in an area that is lit so that you can see where you’re going I would be very nervous to try to fly into a completely dark area since I won’t know what to expect. I personally would rather fly toward a road, or lighted area, knowing that I can see the things ahead of me. What would you recommend?
  • ATP ATD/FTD hours

    Pipa
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:54 am
    Hello fellow pilots, Can a flying instructor credit instruction hours given in a ground trainer for ATP? If so, what amount? Thanks! Pipa
  • “NIGHT LANDING NA” in approach plate notes

    Drew
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    Assuming that you are flying at night… 1) Can you land on the runways in VFR if you weren’t IFR and didn’t shoot an approach? Does the note mean that you cannot land on those runways at night no matter what? 3) Can you shoot a circling approach that is based on the NA runway? For instance, if you see “NIGHT LANDING: RWY 9, 18, 36 NA” in the notes of RNAV 9, can you shoot the RNAV approach if you’re going to circle to RWY 27?
  • Third party providing aircraft for flight training.

    Nicholas
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Hi all, I am looking to do some more flying with a CFI to regain proficiency.  I was wondering what restrictions exist on a third party commercial service renting an airplane out for flight training purposes.  Since I do know a few CFI’s I was wondering if they would be able to provide me with flight training. I’m thinking that there may be some regulations related to this kind of operation and was hoping that some of you knowledgable people could help! Thanks so much.
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    AVweb Podcasts

  • Podcast: Helicopter Accident Stats Improve

    8 Mar 2015 | 4:45 pm
    2014 was the first year that the number of helicopter accidents, including fatals, declined in the U.S. Tony Molinaro, communications lead for the International Helicopter Safety Team, spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles at HAI Heli-Expo 2015.
  • Podcast: Jack Pelton on Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:34 pm
    EAA has been a strong advocate for changing the FAA's medical rules that apply to private pilots, and last week the effort moved in a new direction as a new Pilot's Bill of Rights was introduced in Congress. EAA chairman Jack Pelton talks with AVweb's Mary Grady about his take on the bill and what happens now.
  • Podcast: 3-D Manufacturing Goes to Space

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Maybe you haven't used a 3-D printer to make your own cogs or dowels (yet), but Jim Bertel and Joel Smith of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing are putting additive manufacturing to work in mankind's final frontier -- outer space.
  • Podcast: FAA's Second Look at Sleep Apnea

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Dr. Brent Blue, a senior FAA medical examiner, was one of the many who critiqued the FAA's proposed sleep-apnea policy for pilot medical exams when it was released in late 2013. AVweb's Mary Grady asked for his take on the revised policy the FAA announced last week.
  • Podcast: Earl Weener, National Transportation Safety Board, on 2015's Most Wanted

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:42 pm
    The NTSB this week released its annual "Most Wanted" list of safety improvements. Board member Earl Weener, who is a general aviation pilot himself, talked with Mary Grady about the issues affecting the GA fleet and some strategies that can help improve the safety record.
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    Obat kelenjar getah bening

  • Obat kelenjar getah bening

    11 Jan 2019 | 8:06 pm
    Obat kelenjar getah bening herbal ace maxs merupakan produk kesehatan asli Indonesia dengan manfaat dan khasiat yang luar biasa untuk berbagai pengobatan penyakit degeneratif termasuk kanker kelenjar getah bening. Sudah banyak yang telah membuktikan keampuhan obat herbal kelenjar getah bening ace maxs sekarang tinggal giliran anda.Obat kelenjar getah bening herbal ace maxsObat kelenjar getah bening herbal ace maxs -, Limfoma atau kelenjar getah bening yaitu kanker yang tumbuh disebabkan mutasi sel limfosit (sejenis sel darah putih) yang pada awal mulanya normal, seperti limfosit normal,…
  • Tanaman asli Indonesia untuk kanker

    19 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Indonesia mempunyai banyak type tumbuhan. Yang mana bisa di gunakan juga sebagai sebagian trumbuhan yang ada di indonesia mempunyai kadnungan yang sudah dapat dibuktikan ampuh untuk menghindar sekalian mengbati kanker payudara. Manfaat yang tedapat dalam tanaman herbal untuk menghindar serta menyembuhkan kanker payudara ini tak kalah hebat dengan obat kimia atau kemotherapi, bahkan juga keampuhannya untuk melumpuhkan kanker malah tambah lebih baik dari kemotherapi serta obatkimia. Sudah banyak yang sukses pulih dari kanker payudara dengan tumbuhan hasil alam indonesia ini. Hingga saat ini…
  • lime benefits for cholesterol

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Lime which is a family of citrus fruit has a flavor that is quite unique compared with other citrus fruits. Usually lime was used as a drink in the warm and thin shape. Besides delicious, lime was apparently potent cholesterol lowering. Check out other important properties of lime as reported by the following Chatelaine.lime benefits for cholesterolGood for women's healthIn the lime contained calcium and folate, two nutrients that are important for menopausal women and pregnant women. Fresh lime juice containing at least 22 mg of calcium and 5 micrograms of folate.Against agingThe skin of the…
  • Alternative Treatments For Type 2 Diabetes

    10 Mar 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Alternative Treatments For Type 2 DiabetesAlternative Treatments For Type 2 Diabetes -, Efficacy Skin Mangosteen For Disease Patients with diabetes mellitus are at lowering blood sugar levels. Why mangosteen peel efficacious for the cure of diabetes mellitus? What is diabetes mellitus? Any levels in diabetes mellitus?Diabetes mellitus (DM) is derived from the Greek word diabainein, which means "see-through" or "fountain", and from the Latin word mellitus which means "sweetness" .In Indonesia (and Malay-speaking countries) more commonly known as diabetes.Diabetes Mellitus is a disease…
  • Tingkat keparahan wasir berdarah

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Tingkat keparahan wasir berdarah -, Tanda-tanda umum wasir yaitu Biasanya Wasir berdarah berlangsung juga sebagai tanda-tanda timbulnya penyakit wasir. Adapun tanda-tanda wasir yang lain yaitu juga sebagai di bawah ini : Wasir berdarah atau keluarnya darah fresh ketika buang air besar, Merasa tak enak pada lubang kotoran, Ada pengeluaran lendir pada lubang kotoran, Merasa gatal pada lubang kotoran, Nampak tonjolan pada lubang kotoran (ini adalah sinyal bahwa Wasir berdarah ini berbentuk wasir eksternal) sedang jika tak ada keluar tonjolan jadi diberi nama wasir internal.Tingkat keparahan…
 
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    Plane News

  • Home Improvement ideas

    admin
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:44 pm
    The basic idea of home improvement Renovating your home or remodelling it, which ever we want to put it as, home improvement has been the modern day choice of people. Renovating or adding to the familiar stuff of the home often brings changes to the way of living. Various stores are opened now a day for such material purchase. Alteration to the existing structure and features of the home is “home improvement”. Starting from rooms, corridor, balcony, lawn, garden or even garages are improved. It includes the maintenance and repair of the home. Servicing of the entire space and furniture…
  • The Best Luxury Hotels in Glasgow

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Glasgow is a wonderful destination for anyone wishing to visit and explore what the city has to offer. There are a lot of sites to see and things that people can do to maximize every opportunity they get. Blog sites such as travelwkly.com have been known to heap a lot of praise to the attractions that the city has to offer. Truth of the matter is that Glasgow in real sense deserves the entire buzz that it normally receives. Everything about it in as far as tourism is concerned is spot on. Whenever an individual travels, accommodation forms a huge part of the travel package. When planning, it…
  • How to Kill Time at the Airport

    admin
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    Waiting at the airport for your flight can be a real time-waster, especially if you’re an avid traveller. Fortunately, with technology now, everything can be done online. Playing regular games like Candy Crush can get old and boring. If you’re at all interested in playing your odds with a little extra money you have, online horse races can be really fun, and if you get good at it, it can make you some extra travel money. Online gambling continues to grow, with more and more punters betting via the internet rather than with their local bookie. When you’re stuck at the airport, a…
  • Five is Fun: Entertaining Things to Do in Benidorm

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Benidorm is a good place for a holiday with your family, friends or partner on any budget. This city in Spain is located by the sea and is popular with holidaymakers from Europe. Here are five great things to do while on holiday there.   Relax on spotless beaches Most holidaymakers come to Benidorm to enjoy the soft, Spanish sand and glorious sun. There are many beaches to choose from, stretching from Playa Poniente in the west to Playa Levante in the east, the former being less crowded than other beaches and is suitable for families and couples looking for a quiet place to relax and…
  • Baggage Tips Every Traveller Should Know

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    There are a lot of blogs and articles out there that will give you “first hand” travel advice about where to go and what to see – basically, all the exciting stuff. This article is not like that at all! Sorry to get your hopes up. However, the information I am going to present to you is important, because if things awry with your luggage, it has the potential to ruin your holiday. No one wants that. Travel light When travelling, you should only pack the absolute necessities and nothing else. I doubt you will more than a couple changes of clothes, a pair of shoes and a bag of toiletries.
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    Airplane Geeks Podcast

  • AirplaneGeeks 342 Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    A massive Washington DC warbird flyover to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, United Airlines customer service, the GA alphabet organizations talk current issues, an FAA forecast for GA, China looks to build airport infrastructure, and ADS-B prices drop. Guest Peter Bunce is President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), an international trade association that represents over 85 manufacturers of general aviation airplanes, rotorcraft, engines, avionics, components and related services such as repair station operators, aviation training…
  • AirplaneGeeks 341 Youthful and Enthusiastic Airline Geeks

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    A young aviator makes his mark online, the Internet of Things creeps into aviation, Spirit Airlines plans to expand, a secret airport security check, and the Solar Impulse 2 starts an around the world journey. Guest Daniel Morley is a college student studying Human Factors in Aviation at Nova Southeastern University, and he’s training to become a commercial pilot. Daniel is also the Social Media Manager at Airline Geeks. He helps manage social media, pushes articles, interacts with readers, and occasionally writes articles. Follow Daniel at @MorleyThePilot on Twitter and visit…
  • AirplaneGeeks 340 Designing Aircraft Propellers

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    Conversation with an aircraft propeller designer, the ongoing search for MH370, LaGuardia Airport: Delta skids off the runway and the “perimeter rule” may become history, and NASA has plans for NP2000 propellers, Guest Anthony Falzone is the developer of the open source, public domain aircraft propeller design software named PROP_DESIGN. We talk with Anthony about basic propeller design parameters and the mathematics involved. He tells us why propellers (which are really rotating wings) have different numbers of blades, and he explains propeller pitch, including variable pitch props.
  • AirplaneGeeks 339 Flying the B-52 in Two Wars

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    Conversation with an aviation consultant, flying the B-52 in two different wars, special airline service for special customers, holding pilots accountable for safety, and reaching a Bombardier CSeries milestone. Guest Ken Curry is President/Owner of KC Aviation Consultants in Loveland, Colorado. We talk with Ken about being an aviation consultant, the current state of the FBO business, and flying the B-52 in the Vietnam and Cold Wars. Ken’s heavily damaged Boeing B-52D Stratofortress resides at the National Museum of the USAF in Dayton. Established in 2001, KC Aviation provides consulting…
  • AirplaneGeeks 338 The Most Important Mainstreet in any Town

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:25 am
    The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, air service to Cuba, Gulf carriers and U.S. airlines trade barbs, Emirates and the Boeing 787-8, the pilot shortage, and drone regulations. Guest Trevis Gardner is an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) and Vice President of Operations with the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, which operates McGhee Tyson Airport outside Knoxville Tennessee and Knoxville Downtown Island Airport. They are currently developing Oak Ridge Airport, a corporate aviation airport to support the Oak Ridge National Lab and National Security Complex. Trevis is a…
 
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    Defense Update:

  • Northrop Grumman and Aerovironment are developing a new naval drone for DARPA

    Tamir Eshel
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:27 am
    DARPA is expecting to complete risk reduction studies in September, and select one of two competing designs for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (MALE UAS), to demonstrate drone operations from small and medium naval vessels by 2017.
  • UK mothballs 16 Apaches, the remaining 50 are likely to be upgraded

    Tamir Eshel
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    The UK has mothballed a quarter of its AgustaWestland-Boeing WAH-64 Apache Longbow AH.1 helicopters following the end of combat operations in Afghanistan. According to IHS Jane's, 16 of the Army's 66 Apaches were placed into storage, leaving a force of 50 helicopters. These helicopters are likely to provide replacement parts, maintaining the operational fleet until the next upgrading of the British Apache fleet.
  • Successful test for the Indian ASTRA BVR missile

    News Desk
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    India’s Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile ASTRA completed a successful test flight yesterday. Developed by the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the unarmed missile was launched from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI against a Lakshya target over the Integrated Test Range in Balasore, off the coast of Odisha. Telemetry and Electro-optical tracking stations confirmed the successful engagement.
  • F-35 cost reduction reflects majority of defense savings for 2014

    News Desk
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The biggest saving reported in 2014 was in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and F-135 engine program, together, these procurement programs decreased $7.4 billion in the cost of Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E), procurement and infrastructure spending over the 32 production years (from $398.5 bn to $391.1 bn). The current average F-35A price is $108 million (with engine), $4 million lower than lot 7 prices.
  • US THAAD to deploy to South Korea in crisis sitatuon

    Tamir Eshel
    15 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    The US Army has allocated its Continental-US (CONUS) Based THAAD to deploy to South Korea on emergency situations, a South Korean military source confirmed Sunday.
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    All Things Aviation For Pilots

  • How The SR-71 J58 Engines Work

    JetAviator7
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    The SR-71 J58 engines have been able to push the “Blackbird” to both the absolute altitude and absolute speed records which have remained in place since 1976. The SR-71 J58 engines are single-spool turbojet engines with an afterburner. It has a unique bleed from the compressor to the afterburner which gives it increased thrust at high speeds. Origins This engine was originally intended to be used to power the Martin P6M jet flying boat, but when that project was cancelled it was selected for the Convair Kingfish, Loockheed A-12, YF-12A and SR-71 aircraft. The J58 for the A-12 had…
  • Would You Buy An AeroMobil Flying Car?

    JetAviator7
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    AeroMobil hopes to get it’s new AeroMobil flying car off the ground by 2017 and into the public’s hands to enjoy. The first model will have a two seat configuration and will require a pilot’s license to fly, but later models will be fully autonomous and self flying. I live in Michigan and self-driving cars have been under development by Google and it is hoped they will be available to the public in the next fiver years. The University of Michigan has even built a 32 acre mini-city to test self-driving cars and connected vehicles that communicate with the infrastructure and…
  • Randolph Engineering Aviator Sunglasses

    JetAviator7
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Randolph Engineering, Inc. of Randolph, MA manufactures their flagship product Randolph Engineering Aviator Sunglasses right here in the USA using world class materials and skilled American workers. These Randolph Engineering Aviator Sunglasses have been standard issue to U.S. Military Pilots since 1982, are battle tested and meet the most rigorous and demanding use by pilots, outdoor enthusiasts and fashionistas who demand the best. As an authorized Randolph dealer we offer a broad selection of options for these Randolph Engineering Aviator sunglasses in our online Shop where you can find…
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    All Things Aviation For Pilots

  • How The SR-71 J58 Engines Work

    JetAviator7
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    The SR-71 J58 engines have been able to push the “Blackbird” to both the absolute altitude and absolute speed records which have remained in place since 1976. The SR-71 J58 engines are single-spool turbojet engines with an afterburner. It has a unique bleed from the compressor to the afterburner which gives it increased thrust at high speeds. Origins This engine was originally intended to be used to power the Martin P6M jet flying boat, but when that project was cancelled it was selected for the Convair Kingfish, Loockheed A-12, YF-12A and SR-71 aircraft. The J58 for the A-12 had…
  • Would You Buy An AeroMobil Flying Car?

    JetAviator7
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    AeroMobil hopes to get it’s new AeroMobil flying car off the ground by 2017 and into the public’s hands to enjoy. The first model will have a two seat configuration and will require a pilot’s license to fly, but later models will be fully autonomous and self flying. I live in Michigan and self-driving cars have been under development by Google and it is hoped they will be available to the public in the next fiver years. The University of Michigan has even built a 32 acre mini-city to test self-driving cars and connected vehicles that communicate with the infrastructure and…
  • Randolph Engineering Aviator Sunglasses

    JetAviator7
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Randolph Engineering, Inc. of Randolph, MA manufactures their flagship product Randolph Engineering Aviator Sunglasses right here in the USA using world class materials and skilled American workers. These Randolph Engineering Aviator Sunglasses have been standard issue to U.S. Military Pilots since 1982, are battle tested and meet the most rigorous and demanding use by pilots, outdoor enthusiasts and fashionistas who demand the best. As an authorized Randolph dealer we offer a broad selection of options for these Randolph Engineering Aviator sunglasses in our online Shop where you can find…
 
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  • Texas Warbird Report – Cavanaugh Flight Museum w/ Chuck Gardner 9pm ET

    Zane Adams
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    WARBIRD RADIO – The Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s own, ever popular, pilot extraordinaire, Chuck Gardner joins us an all new Texas Warbird Report.  We will get information on museum happenings including upcoming fly-days and other events as well as and updates on museum aircraft, including the “ChuckStang”, P-51, Brat III’s new engine! The Cavanaugh Flight Museum […]
  • Warbird Radio LIVE! – Safety Month’s Bail Out Show – 3/24/15 – 8pm (EASTERN)

    Staff Writer
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    WARBIRD RADIO – This we’re talking egress!  Nobody wants to abandon their airplane, but if you must, you’ll want to be properly trained and properly equipped.  Tune in this Tuesday night (3/24/15 @ 8pm EASTERN) for the best of our egress shows condensed into one show. We’ll also check in with the guys from WarbirdsNews.com […]
  • The Hartman & Heins Show – Grasshopper Cross Country – 9pm (EASTERN)

    Staff Writer
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    WARBIRD RADIO – The Hartman & Heins Show is all new this week with Matthew VanDervort!  Matthew just flew a WWII vintage Aeronca L-3 “Grasshopper” from Houston, Texas to Dayton, Ohio.  Talk about dedication!  Hear all about the slow speed adventure this week on the Hartman & Heins Show!   We’ll also be taking your […]
  • Warbird Radio LIVE! – Stallion 51’s Lee Lauderback – 3/17/15 – 8pm EASTERN

    Staff Writer
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:46 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – Tune in for week three of Safety Month.  This Tuesday 3/17/15 we’re honored to have one of the most respected flight instructors in the warbird world, Stallion 51’s own Lee Lauderback.  Tune in this Tuesday evening at 8pm EASTERN and hear some practical advice for preparing for the upcoming flying season. We’ll […]
  • Warbird Radio Presents – The Robert “Punchy” Powell Story

    Staff Writer
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:17 am
    WARBIRD RADIO  – Here’s a great story for Friday!  Robert “Punchy” Powell flew P-51’s and P-47’s in WWII with the famous 352nd Fighter Group in Bodney, Norfolk.  The Nazi’s nicknamed the 352nd The Blue Nosed Bastards because of their distinct blue nose paint jobs…and their pilot’s overwhelming accuracy. Punchy fills us in on what it […]
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  • Airlines starting over 450 new routes in first three weeks of S15 season; Ryanair leads way (again!) as FIGUS countries dominate

    anna.aero
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:14 am
    The start of the (northern) summer season always heralds a surge in new route launches. And this year is no exception, with over 140 airlines, launching over 450 new routes across over 90 countries in the first three weeks alone. Sunday 29 March represents the start of the northern hemisphere’s “summer season”. This is when […] The post Airlines starting over 450 new routes in first three weeks of S15 season; Ryanair leads way (again!) as FIGUS countries dominate appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Vancouver Airport celebrates with a cake Philippine Airlines’ arrival

    anna.aero
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    In this week’s Network Planning Community News, London Stansted Airport celebrates the Cake of the Week award for Flybe’s new route to Isle of Man, while Brussels Airport marks the opening of the Connector building. More news from Sofia, Sibiu and Munich airports. The post Vancouver Airport celebrates with a cake Philippine Airlines’ arrival appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Shenzhen Airlines flies to 69 airports; Shenzhen-Beijing is #1 route

    anna.aero
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    A Star Alliance member since November 2012, Shenzhen Airlines has managed to establish itself as the fourth largest operator in China, behind Air China, but above Hainan Airlines. With the carrier operating a total of 221 non-stop routes, anna.aero looks at Shenzhen Airlines’ network for this March. Founded in November 1992, Shenzhen Airlines is a […] The post Shenzhen Airlines flies to 69 airports; Shenzhen-Beijing is #1 route appeared first on anna.aero.
  • New airline routes launched (17 March– 23 March 2015)

    anna.aero
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    A total of 20 air services were launched by 13 airlines during the course of last week, including Red Wings Airlines expanding its presence at St Petersburg, EC Air linking Brazzaville to Dakar via Bamako as well as Philippine Airlines starting a new domestic route from Manila to Tablas. The rest of this week’s new routes […] The post New airline routes launched (17 March– 23 March 2015) appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Australia’s top 20 airports grow by 1.5% in 2014; international demand growing faster than domestic

    anna.aero
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    One of the latest new domestic routes to launch in Australia was the JETGO Australia route between Brisbane and Tamworth. However, it is overseas traffic at the top 20 airports that is driving much of the country’s annual growth, with international airlines increasing by 5.6% in 2014. We investigate where is growing and where is […] The post Australia’s top 20 airports grow by 1.5% in 2014; international demand growing faster than domestic appeared first on anna.aero.
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    SimpliFlying

  • Change is in the air, but it’s just a misunderstanding: Social marketing for airlines explained

    Marco Serusi
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Over the past few years, many marketers and consultants, including ourselves, have consistently talked about the benefits of social marketing. Yet, today, it seems that organic reach may soon be a thing of the past and brands will have to pay in order to reach users on “social media”. As a result, many marketers are confused.So what happened? Was it a passing fad, or are we talking about two different things?As it turns out, the answer is the latter. Yes, organic reach is declining and may approach zero, but this will have little impact on social marketing strategies. The real…
  • Rohit Talwar on the Future of the Airline Industry

    Vishal Mehra
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    Editor’s Note: This is the fifth part of our series on the Future of Air Travel. For this exclusive series, SimpliFlying consultants have been interacting with leading thinkers and futurists and tapping their valuable insights. Earlier interviews can be found here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 Rohit Talwar is the CEO of Fast Future Research. He is a globally respected futurist, keynote speaker and author. Profiled by the Independent newspaper as one of the top ten global future thinkers, he is leading studies on topics such as Airport 2025, the Science and Technology Timeline and…
  • SimpliFlying completes five years — how fantasy took flight

    Shashank Nigam
    8 Mar 2015 | 9:34 pm
    On June 12, 2014, as I entered the Emirates Lounge at New York’s JFK Terminal 4, I saw a familiar scene — the lounge decked up in a conference setting, canapés being served to guests, who were mostly senior aviation and financial journalists. The destination on my boarding pass read, “Headquarters”. That’s because everyone was to go on a ride on the Emirates A380, to experience its comforts, after a slew of presentations by senior Airbus executives. I had been invited as a guest speaker by Airbus, to share my thoughts on the importance of passenger…
  • Lessons in Disruption Management from the #LionAirDelay Incident

    Shubhodeep Pal
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Kinny Cheng, an aviation enthusiast, and a passenger experience (#PaxEx) consultant for the commercial aviation industry. Kinny lives and breathes social media and is an activist in the aviation (as @9VSKA) and IT&T (as @Kinny) spaces on Twitter. He has also freelanced for various industry-related websites.Last week, Indonesia’s Lion Air experienced a paralysis of its network, which caused flights throughout its domestic and international networks to be severely delayed. It all, apparently, began with a number of aircraft-on-ground (AOG)…
  • Innovation at Airbus – Chief Innovation Officer, Yann Barbaux shares his Vision

    Vishal Mehra
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    When the mission statement of your company itself says “strengthening of technological progress”, the role of the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) becomes all the more vital for the organisation.As part of our SimpliLeader series, SimpliFlying had an insightful conversation with Yann Barbaux, CIO Airbus SAS, to discuss the innovation philosophy of the group; the role of innovation within Airbus; some of their recent successes, as well as challenges, and the opportunities the group sees in the future. Here are edited excerpts from our interaction: SimpliFlying: Yann,…
 
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    Aviation Marketing Strategies

  • Getting More Referrals – Summary of our Panel Discussion

    Paula Williams
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Doug Evink, President & CEO of Tanis Aviation, and Doug Goldstrom, President of Sales for Special Services Corporation (SSC) shared their expertise on getting more referrals and testimonials in this month’s MasterClass session. We quickly reprised Phase Three marketing activities, “the textbook version,” then we asked Doug and Doug about the real world. They shared some excellent insights. Third-Party Validation Some customers who love your product still aren’t comfortable referring your company without the reassurance of a third-party validation of quality and…
  • Why Do I Need A CRM?

    Paula Williams
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:52 pm
    “Why do I need a CRM? I don’t need another complicated and expensive piece of software. All of our customer data is in Quickbooks.” I was having coffee with an aviation professional at an event, and the topic of Customer Relationship Systems (CRMs) came up.  His opinion was not a positive one.  Among his questions and objections: “Why should I use one?  What good does it really do me? They’re so complicated and expensive. I already have my customer data in another system.” Fine. But consider: Do you feel a certain amount of distrust and “sales…
  • Five Ways to use your CRM to get more Referrals, Recaptures and Testimonials

    Paula Williams
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    While most companies agree that these five marketing tasks are important, this is the “real world” and things tend to fall through the cracks. Very few companies are doing all five as well or consistently as they could. We need checks and balances and reminders, and as much automation as possible, which is why we wrote these five ways to use your CRM to get more referrals, recaptures, and testimonials Your CRM (Customer Relationship Software) is great at handling routine tasks at pre-set intervals.  Humans are not great at this – we’re easily bored with routines,…
  • Referrals, Recaptures, Resales & Testimonials – Improving Phase Three

    Paula Williams
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:51 pm
    In this video, John and Paula talk about Phase Three marketing – the most profitable marketing stage  for aviation, business to business and large-ticket sales. Most companies could benefit with better referrals, resales, recaptures & testimonials when they add one (or several!) of these Phase Three activities to their marketing program.
  • How to Plan a Customer Appreciation Event for Maximum Marketing Impact

    Paula Williams
    8 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    It’s important to know how to plan a customer appreciation event, since they can really improve customer satisfaction, retention, referrals, testimonials and even sales to new clients. Done correctly, events have the following advantages: Improve customer retention Obtain testimonials Get good PR and visibility Make more sales! So, what does “done correctly” mean for customer appreciation events?  How much should you spend on these things? (grumbles the accountant) and what activities should you plan? Scheduling a Customer Appreciation Event Many aviation companies schedule…
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    Aerostar Training Services LLC

  • FAA Approves Part 142 Training Center to Provide Innovative ATP CTP Programs

    paulaabci
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Orlando, FL — AeroStar Training Services, LLC is one of the first Part 142 flight training centers to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval on an in-house Airline Transport Pilot certification training program (ATP CTP). The ATP CTP became a requirement on Aug. 1, 2014 for new pilots wanting to attain their ATP certification, which qualifies them to fly commercial aircraft. The CTP must be taken before a new pilot can take the ATP written test. “Our mission is to help aviation students realize their career dreams, and find innovative ways to meet the challenges…
  • How can flight schools attract more students?

    paulaabci
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Paula Williams: All parts of that question. Great, exactly. Let’s carry on with the next one. How can flight schools attract more students? I know this is a problem for a lot of flight schools coming out of what was a slow period and I know a lot of them are starting to get a few more students in the door but depending on where you are in the country, this is still a problem. David Santo: We see this is a multifaceted problem. First of all, and I’m guilty of this too when we started AeroStar, we had the concept, if we build it they would come. When we built it and opened the doors, we…
  • ATP-CTP Programs

    paulaabci
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Transcript: Paula Williams: Fantastic. We did have one other question and I’m not sure if we want to do that now or later. You can tell me, Dave. Do you have a take on MPL implementation? David Santo: MPL is not something that we’re currently involved with at AeroStar. We know that the industry outside of the United States is looking at this multicrew pilot license solution. It is currently available in a few places in the world. We think there’s a better solution.
I think what we would say is if you complete all your licenses and you complete a type rating program, you’re going to…
  • Flight School Pipeline Partnerships – what are the advantages?

    paulaabci
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Flight School Pipeline Partnerships – what are the advantages?   Paula Williams: Fantastic. Okay, so we know a little bit about the ab initio programs. There’s a question. What are the advantages to my flight school for partnering with AeroStar as opposed to just creating my own program? David Santo: That’s a very good question and clearly, we believe in creating a symbiotic relationship. Hold on just one second here. Hold on. Paula Williams: No problem. Yeah, I know that’s a question that comes up a lot and just to … Actually, we had another question come in that we’ll…
  • Ab-intitio customers YES you can do it!

    David Santo
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Enjoyed a great week teaching an initial A320 type rating course for five fellow aviators. I always take special pride in working with ab-inititio customers and this class had two such candidates fresh from commercial pilot training. One customer who is from Egypt and the other is from Madagascar. Both are awesome hard-working guys dedicated to advancing their careers. Obtaining a type rating is hard work. There is a tone of new information to learn and memorize. People have correctly described  these courses as trying to take a sip out of a fire house. I like to say it’s like eating…
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  • answering questions we didn’t know to ask — ATOMs #15-11

    Mark Jones Jr
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    In the ideal world, we can determine ahead of time what data we need and how to collect it.  Most of the experts agree. For example, Jeff Leak says this in Elements of Analytic Style: Data can be used to answer many questions, but not all of them. One of the most innovative data scientists of all time said it best. The data may not contain the answer. The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data (John Tukey). Before performing a data analysis the key is to define the type of question…
  • progress, cliffs, and sheer rock faces — observations #44

    Mark Jones Jr
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    One of the fundamental strategies for making progress is to take things slowly, in small steps. These are not exactly the same thing, but they are complementary. For example, one can take things slowly with large steps, or one can move quickly with small steps.  This progressive notion is certainly not a new idea, and many cultures have codified similar ideas, as evidenced in the familiar proverb: “Slow and steady wins the race.” This is the lesson we learn from the fable of the tortoise and the hare.  What most of these maxims do not address, however, is the notion that…
  • how much do I need to know? ATOMs #15-10

    Mark Jones Jr
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    We were talking about aircraft systems, several very junior Flight Test Engineers and one highly experienced DER FTE and I. How much does the rookie, the new FTE, the twenty three year old need to know about aircraft systems, about all of the switches and hardware and limits and malfunctions? The experienced one made an excellent observation: “When I first learned aircraft systems, all I knew was which switch to push or turn at a certain point in the checklist.” With that many switches, it’s an understandable goal and non-trivial accomplishment. I think that’s how…
  • the three most important questions a person can ask — observations #43

    Mark Jones Jr
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Feedback is hard. I don’t think that we, as humans, are good at it. But this post is not about giving feedback but about asking for it. (For more about giving feedback, read F is for Feedback.) For several years, after I have flown with an Air Force student pilot three times in a row, I ask them a series of questions in the debrief. But before I do, I explain why I am doing it.  I’ve also adopted this strategy in a more important role, as a father, and I ask my children these same questions. I do it first and foremost because I want the feedback.  My job is to teach and train…
  • six types of data analysis — ATOMs #15-09

    Mark Jones Jr
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Statistician Jeff Leek has published a book here titled Elements of Data Analytic Style–it is available for purchase or even free download. It is an excellent primer for flight test professionals. It is an excellent book about the mechanics of presenting data analyses, common mistakes, etc. In his book, he introduces six types of data analysis from elementary to most complex. This post begins to introduce some applications of how a flight test engineer or experimental test pilot might use each level of analysis. 1) Descriptive Summarize Data (quantitatively or qualitatively) From a…
 
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    Greteman Group

  • Rollout for Doc B-29 Superfortress

    Deanna Harms
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Forties Boogie Woogie and big-band sounds set the stage as hangar doors opened for Doc, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress being restored for flight. A tug pulled the still-grounded giant out into the Kansas sun as the music changed to the Air Force Song, “Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder.” A VIP crowd of...
  • Kansas State Fair TV Commercial Wins Telly Award

    Rachel Groene
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Greteman Group, agency of record for the Kansas State Fair, was awarded a Bronze Telly for the 2014 Kansas State Fair TV commercial. Telly Award Winners represent the best creative work from the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world. The judging panel consists of...
  • Sonia Greteman Inaugural Inductee to Fine Arts Hall of Fame

    Greteman Group
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Sonia Greteman, creative director and president of Greteman Group, has been named an inaugural inductee into Wichita State University’s College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame. The newly established Hall of Fame recognizes the College of Fine Arts’ alumni, community contributors and teaching/staff mentors. The inaugural class serves as the Hall of Fame’s founding members....
  • Wichita Eagle; It’s time for Wichita and its young professionals to help each other

    Jordan Bradbury
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    I’m about to enter the professional world. While exciting, I wonder if I’m fully prepared. Sure, I’ve completed the requirements for my college degree, I’ve interned at a reputable marketing agency, and I’ve asked my mentors countless questions. Concerns remain: How can young professionals make an impact in already established industries? How should young professionals...
  • Make the Most of Sponsored Posts

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:33 pm
    So you’ve been following the proliferation of sponsored content across social media platforms, and you’re ready to take the plunge. First, and most important, keep in mind that sponsored content should look and feel different from your standard advertising. Think of it more as sharing your wisdom and expertise, rather than making a hard direct...
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    Air Facts Journal

  • Airspeed vs. angle of attack – what pilots don’t understand

    Chuck Moore
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Most pilots don’t really understand the relationship between airspeed and angle of attack. If they did, we would not have the loss of control accidents that we do. We fly strictly by numbers because we were taught that way. Very few flight instructors have any experience or knowledge in this area. What really matters here: airspeed or angle of attack? For every flight operation where we use a certain airspeed to achieve maximum performance, there is one correct AOA. That AOA never changes, but the airspeed to achieve it does. All the time. Unfortunately, we are usually only given airspeeds…
  • A harrowing tale(wheel)

    Dan Littmann
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    Back in 1979 I was working as a flight test engineer for Cessna Aircraft at the peak of general aviation’s heyday. The various airports around Wichita were literally filled to overflowing with aircraft rolling off the production lines. One of the perks of my employment at Cessna was delivering aircraft to the dealers on weekends. There was no extra pay involved but the expenses were covered. Most times I would ferry the aircraft out in the morning and take the airlines home in the afternoon. The Cessna factory was a buzzing place in the late 1970s. This required getting on what was called…
  • In the middle of a Cold War, Russians fish in the North Sea

    Maurie Baston
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    There was light chop on the sea and the salt spray did not hinder my forward vision too much. The curved windscreen made rain and snow encounters a non-event… not like the flat windscreen of operational fighters. They have “gun-sight orders” reflected on them but always had flat screen vision issues to deal with in weather, particularly in rain, sleet and snow. The Gnat – in this case it was to be a missile, not an airplane. I was over the North Sea having just taken off in a Royal Air Force (RAF) Folland Gnat from Ballykelly (an RAF base on the Northern Coast of Ireland)…
  • Aviation mentors: getting by (and thriving) with a little help from your friends

    Matt Ferrari
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Step back in time; think back to when you were the one looking over the airport fence. What did you say? What did you ask? How did you ask? Who did you ask? The whole world on the other side of the fence seemed so intimidating, yet so inviting. You might remember the feelings of anticipation on your way to the airport, and then the shyness that sets in as soon as you were there. Luckily, I always stumbled into someone who was gracious enough to give me a few minutes of his time and answer my questions. I found that one question answered led to more questions asked and a true thirst for…
  • Is coordinating the use of gizmos to control stick, rudder, pitch and power really flying?

    Richard Collins
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    What it takes to be one sharp pilot, part 3: coordination Before you accuse me of throwing gasoline on a fire, I’ll say up front that is exactly what I am doing. I read all the comments that readers post on our site and I am always impressed with the battle lines that form with youngish technonerds on one side and the oldish purists on the other side. John Zimmerman’s article on the contributions of the Cirrus parachute to the airplane’s safety record is the most recent example of this happening. Because I had coordination on my list of pilot attributes for the “sharp pilot” series,…
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    iPad Pilot News

  • ForeFlight moves beyond DUATS

    Bret Koebbe
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    For many long-time pilots, the Direct User Access Terminal Service (DUAT or DUATS depending on the provider) was a revolution. When it became available in the early 1990s, the concept of getting a weather briefing or filing a flight plan without calling Flight Service on the phone seemed incredible. And for over two decades, this was the standard for many pilots preparing for flight. But today, pilots are turning more and more to the iPad for their weather information and flight planning needs thanks to the high-quality apps coming from companies like ForeFlight, Garmin and WingX. When…
  • The perfect iPad case and mount for pilots?

    John Zimmerman
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    While not everyone likes them, a case is a good investment for an iPad – dropping your tablet on the ramp can put an end to your EFB in an instant. If you’ve ever been in that situation, you know you would pay anything for a little protection. The problem with most cases (and the reason many pilots don’t use one) is that they are so big and bulky that they either don’t work with mounting systems or they require an even bulkier mount. Either way, it’s not ideal. But we’ve recently been flying with an iPad case that may solve the dilemma. The Pivot Case…
  • 5 lesser-known aviation apps to consider

    John Zimmerman
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    So much of the news and excitement about aviation apps these days focuses on the big, all-in-one apps: ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot and WingX. While these are incredible apps, they aren’t the only ones a pilot should have – if for no other reason than you might carry an iPhone that can be put to use too. We polled a group of pilots about some other apps they use regularly and came up with five interesting ones that don’t make a lot of headlines. Share Aviation This new app aims to be a sort of “Facebook for pilots,” with strong social networking features like…
  • Pilot report: new Flight Gear iPad bag

    John Zimmerman
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    The new iPad Flight Gear bag holds a lot of stuff, but in a relatively small bag. The iPad has eliminated the need to carry a lot of bulky gear – when’s the last time you flew with books, paper charts or paper nav logs? But while the amount of stuff we carry has gone down, a good flight bag is still essential equipment for most pilots. That’s because most of the latest digital toys are more sensitive than paper charts or books ever were. Drop your iPad on its screen and you won’t be happy with the result. To meet this need, many companies have designed or redesigned…
  • iPad memory management – how to free up storage space

    Bret Koebbe
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    One of the key reasons the iPad works so well for pilots is that its simple to operate–just turn it on and go flying. There’s really no required maintenance other than to keep the iPad battery charged and periodically update the apps and aviation data. Over time though as you download more and more apps you may run into an alert on your iPad that says “Cannot Download – There is not enough available storage to download these items” when downloading apps or aviation charts. This means it’s time to start thinking about freeing up some space by deleting unused…
 
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    Keyboard and Rudder: A blog on the Art of Flying

  • Becoming an Airline Pilot, The Series

    Larry M. Coleman
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    There are a lot of posts in this series, since there is a lot that goes into becoming an airline pilot. Here's a table of contents for you.Becoming an Airline Pilot, Week 0: Before the beginningPart 1: The pre-hire stagePart 2: The interviewPart 3: The post-offer stage Becoming an Airline Pilot, Week 1 Ground school: Basic IndocBecoming an Airline Pilot, Week 2More ground school: SystemsBecoming an Airline Pilot, Week 3Still more ground school: FMS lab and final examBecoming an Airline Pilot, Week 4Part 1: Welcome to the simulated junglePart 2: Simulator training grinds onBecoming an Airline…
  • Becoming an Airline Pilot, Week 6: IOE (Initial Operating Experience) 1

    Larry M. Coleman
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    To the 37 passengers on board, this is simply Flight 5006, a quick flight from Washington-Dulles International to Greenville-Spartanburg, SC. Sit back for 90 minutes, sip on a Coke, and everyone is back home from where ever in the world they're returning from. Probably some interesting places, since Dulles was designed to carry the East Coast's overseas traffic. Paris, London, Dublin, Berlin, Abu Dhabi, Sao Paulo, and a hundred more come through IAD, and we take them the rest of the way home.For me, it's my first flight as an airline pilot, and there's no chance of me sitting back and sipping…
  • New landing technique video and more!

    Larry M. Coleman
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:53 pm
    It has been 9 months since I posted the last YouTube video to the Larry the Flying Guy channel. Not coincidentally, I have been an airline pilot for 8 1/2 months now.Although I actually have a lot more time off than I did back when I was a flight instructor, I'm away from home (and the computer I use to create videos) a lot more. I still have a long list of videos to create (and the list gets longer every week), just a lot less time available to make them, since when I am home I'm usually catching up on things from the last several days on the road. Blog posts are a bit easier to keep up on,…
  • Becoming an Airline Pilot, Week 5: Checkride time

    Larry M. Coleman
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    After a week and a half in the simulated jungle, the end was not near: it was now. Like Captain Willard making his way through the jungle in Apocalypse Now, eventually there would be a final confrontation to end the journey. In this case, instead of the insane Howard Kurtz, I would be up against the sim and the list of tasks in the Airline Transport Pilot Practical Test Standards.Although I've written posts with tips on taking your FAA written and acing your oral examination, I haven't done one devoted to the flight portion of the checkride itself. I'll fix that at some point in the future,…
  • Becoming an Airline Pilot, Week 4: Simulator training grinds on

    Larry M. Coleman
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Welcome to the jungle we take it day by day.If you want it you're gonna bleed but it's the price to pay...You can taste the bright lights but you won't get there for free...Welcome to the jungle it gets worse here every day.Ya learn to live like an animal in the jungle where we play.—Guns 'n RosesAfter a rough start that wasn't as rough as I thought it was, things got actually rough. I still was unhappy with my first day, in large part because I didn't actually look at my training folder until the day of the last sim session.That was something I would do different if I had it to do over…
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  • Germanwings crash: Airbus Initial statement

    Editor
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Following the Germanwings Airbus A320 crash earlier today, Airbus has released an initial statement. It reads: “Airbus regrets to confirm that an A320 operated by Germanwings was involved in an accident around 11:00 (local time) today near Prads-Haute-Bléone in the French Alps. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona, Spain  to Dusseldorf, Germany. The aircraft involved in the accident, registered under D-AIPX was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 147 delivered to Lufthansa from the production line in 1991. The aircraft had accumulated…
  • Russia’s new hypersonic military transport aircraft

    Editor
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    A payload of 200 tons traveling at hypersonic speeds, this odd-looking aircraft could enable the Russian military to deploy anywhere in the world. Imagine an aircraft that can carry 400 tanks with ammunition, to anywhere in the world at hypersonic speeds. It may seem far fetched, but Russia reckons they will be doing this by 2024.  According to RT, Russia plans to operate a fleet of heavy transport aircraft capable of moving a strategic unit of 400 Armata tanks, with ammunition, to anywhere in the world in just 7 hours. Such an aircraft is likely to enable Russia to mount a global military…
  • MiG 29 brushes tree tops in Slovyansk

    Editor
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Brushing the tree tops, watch the moment a MiG-29 flies low and fast over a street in Slovyansk. The Mikoyan MiG-29 (often just reffered to as a MiG 29 is a twin engined combat aircraft designed by the soviet union. Little information is given about the fly past in the video. The video describes the incident as an “Awesome Low Pass of Ukrainian Mig-29 fighter jet, over Slovyansk (Ukraine Crisis) Fully Armed”. We reported a while back about Russian MiG-29s and Su-25s using highways as runways. Introduced in 1982 to combat new American aircraft, over 1600 MiG-29s have been built…
  • 5 Aviation Apps for Android you need

    Editor
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    Aviation enthusiast or qualified pilot, we’ve compiled a list of aviation apps for android you need in your life. After searching around we’ve discovered 5 aviation apps for android that are too good to ignore. Electronic flight bags are becoming more common on commercial aircraft, but no longer are the pros the only ones that get to take advantage of electronic tablets in the cockpit. GPS Navigation, checklists, approach and airport charts are now only the swipe of a finger away thanks to a few wonderful apps. It’s not just the pilots that get all the fun, there are some…
  • Search for MH370 covers 40% of search area

    Editor
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    Despite having searched 9,200 square miles of ocean floor, flight MH370 has yet to be found. The search operation for the missing Boeing 777 has covered 9,200 square miles, an area the same size of South West England. 40% of the identified search area has been searched without any trace of the missing Boeing 777. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) are conducting the search for the missing Malaysian airlines aircraft, they said: “Assuming no other significant delays with vessels, equipment or from the weather, the current underwater search area may be largely completed around…
 
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  • Netherlands to request a deal of 17 CH-47F helicopters

    captain
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    In the last few days, a possible Foreign Military Sale request was made by Netherlands for the purchase of CH-47F cargo helicopters. In the included budget of a whopping  $1.05 billion dollars, are included: 17 CH-47F aircraft with unique modifications, parts, crew training and also logistical support. More updates will be made soon. The post Netherlands to request a deal of 17 CH-47F helicopters appeared first on How to Fly a Helicopter.
  • Dutch Apache Helicopter crashes in Mali

    captain
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
      A Dutch Armed Forces Apache Attack helicopter operating in Mali as part of the UN peacekeeping mission has crashed North of Mali on Tuesday afternoon.   Both crew members have been killed in the accident.  It is believed that the helicopter did not go down as a consequence of an attack but instead the crew had attempted a forced landing. The two crew members were known as 30 year old Capt Rene Zeetsen and 26 year old First Lt Ernst Mollinger.   The post Dutch Apache Helicopter crashes in Mali appeared first on How to Fly a Helicopter.
  • UH-60 Black Hawk crashes, 11 military personnel presumed dead

    captain
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
    A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying 7 US marines and 4 National Guard soldiers has crashed whilst the crew were carrying out a training exercise in the Gulf Of Mexico, close to Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle on Tuesday night. The training exercise consisted of two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters of which one returned safely but the other was reported missing at around 2030 Tuesday.  As soon as the helicopter was known to be missing, a widescale Search and Rescue mission was initiated but bad fog was hindering the initial operation.  A spokesman for Eglin Air Force…
  • Helicopter Principles of Flight book review

    captain
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    Principles of flight is a very important and interesting subject but this is only true if your instructor knows what he is doing and secondly, if you have a good study book. Here I would like to give my opinions on different books one may use to study better helicopter Principle of Flight.  Professional Helicopter Pilot Studies – Phil Croucher This is quite a popular book with schools teaching helicopter principles of flight and other subjects but I do not quite class this book as a study book. For me this is more of a reference book. This book is full of information but unfortunately…
  • Airbus unveils new sleek H160 helicopter

    captain
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    Airbus has just unveiled their stunning, brand new H160 helicopter at the helicopter expo in Florida. An important note to add is that Airbus changed from EC(Eurocopter) to H (Airbus Helicopter) for civilian models and to M for military models. This medium helicopter ranges between the H145 and H175; will be offered in numerous configurations ranging from offshore, VIP, public transport and commercial transport. The H160 is being fitted with new advanced components. It has one of the largest fenestron tail-rotors ever made which aides in anti-torque efficiency and control stability. The new…
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    ASAP Fasteners

  • USAF Releases Requirements for the T-X Trainer Program

    Joe Faruqui
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:19 am
    In March of 2015, the United States Air Force released its requirements for its Northrop T-38C Talon combat aircraft trainer replacement program, known as T-X. According to USAF Brigadier General Dawn Dunlop, the T-38 is unable to complete 12 of 18 advanced pilot training tasks, which forces the Air Force to rely on fighter and … Continue Reading..
  • DARPA Awards $8M ALIAS Program Phase I Contract to Sikorsky

    Joe Faruqui
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:24 am
    After many successful implementations of Sikorsky’s Matrix Technology, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Sikorsky with an $8 million contract to equip existing aircraft with the technology. This contract is allocated to Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation (ALIAS Program) in efforts to reduce dependence on aircraft crew members. The ALIAS … Continue Reading..
  • Ducommun Contracted to Supply Components for Raytheon’s Tomahawk Cruise Missile

    Joe Faruqui
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:06 am
    The highly accurate Tomahawk Block IV Land Attack Missile has been upgraded. The latest variant of the Tomahawk will include a two-way satellite data-link that allows for in air re-targeting. Planned upgrades to the Tomahawk will also include a more powerful warhead, upgraded communications, and a new seeker designed to hit moving targets on land … Continue Reading..
  • Alcoa Designs Weight-Saving, Cost-Effective Fasteners for the F-35

    Joe Faruqui
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:14 am
    Alcoa’s Power and Propulsion business division was awarded a 10-year USD$360 million contract to provide aluminum forgings used on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. As the key supplier for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program, Alcoa provides several key components. Their advanced, patented 7085 alloy aluminum die forgings will be supplied. The forgings include 15 large bulkheads … Continue Reading..
  • Rockwell Collins: Keeping You Engaged Mid-Flight

    Joe Faruqui
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:10 am
    Some of the modern features that Rockwell Collins has put into airplanes are not just for the pilots – many of them are found right in the cabin. In this age of technology, gone are the days of reading a newspaper or being forced to talk to that stranger sitting next to you on your … Continue Reading..
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    Drones | Scoop.it

  • China's largest mail firm to deliver packages by drone

    DroneZon.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    S.F. Express in China has revealed it already has a fleet of aircraft flying 500 parcels a day to remote areas, and it is now looking to double the capacity.DroneZon.com's insight:Wow. China ramping up to 1000 a day parcel deliveries using drones. China is well ahead of other countries in drones delivering parcels.See it on Scoop.it, via Drones
  • Video: drone’s-eye view of a heavy haul in South Carolina | Truckers News

    DroneZon.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Big load from above.DroneZon.com's insight:This aerial video from a drone shows you how one haulage company drummed up more business by showing how they moved very large equipment.See it on Scoop.it, via Drones
  • Trucking firm using drones to drum up business

    DroneZon.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    J.E. Oswalt & Sons, an 88-year-old Midlands company that got its start moving homes by rolling them atop logs out of the way of road construction, is embracing a new technology — drones — to entice customers to its heavy-duty cargoDroneZon.com's insight:Haulage firm brought in new business. Companies looking to move large equipment had no hesitation in contacting Oswalt and Sons once the seen the drone video.See it on Scoop.it, via Drones
  • Ranger Drone Project To Help Save Rhinos From Becoming Extinct

    DroneZon.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    The Ranger Drone Project consists in a fleet of economic and versatile UAVs which helps to the surveillance and observation tasks of the natural parks providing information and images in real time. This idea emerges from the crisis that South Africa is suffering regarding the poaching of rhinos, which has increased exponentially over the last years. Thanks to this new tool, park guards can have a better control over poachers, rhinos and other large mammals.DroneZon.com's insight:“Since the start of the poaching epidemic in 2008 South Africa has lost over 2600 rhinos – a…
  • Future of farming - Data Driven Drones To Increase Crop Yields

    DroneZon.com
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    In its second year, the Precision Farming Expo brought together drone manufacturers, agriculture software companies and other leaders in the precision agriculture movement to discuss how Oregon farmers can make smarter decisions about their fields quicker.DroneZon.com's insight:Crop scouting by drones using sensors and specialized software to inspect the health of crops is critical to the agriculture sector.See it on Scoop.it, via Drones
 
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  • Malibu Pier Drone Footage

    Alan Perlman
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    There are few places on the U.S. west coast as iconic as the Malibu Pier and the surrounding beach communities. This is a great drone video from just off Malibu Beach, featuring some gorgeous waves and a surfer threading the needle underneath the pier, as has grown to be a custom with surfers there. The post Malibu Pier Drone Footage appeared first on UAV Coach.
  • Drone Aerial Videography Udemy Course Review

    Alan Perlman
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:41 pm
    A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon Mark Richardson’s Udemy course, Drones: Become a Pro Aerial Photographer and Videographer. It was the first Udemy course I had purchased. If you’re looking to learn more about drones and aerial photography / videography, Mark has put together a strong curriculum that covers everything from choosing the right UAV and gear to post-processing Lightroom and Adobe settings for your photographs and video clips. Below are my honest thoughts about Mark’s course. I hope you find them helpful! How an Udemy course works Udemy provides a platform…
  • Watch What Happens When These Drones Zoom in Over Elephants and Rhinos

    Alan Perlman
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:10 am
    Source: Upworthy Curator: Robby Berman A shepherd watches over sheep. Watching over elephants and rhinos? Not so easy. This is a story about something really exciting. Before I get into it, let me set the stage by explaining the terrible problem it’s solving. 10 years. That’s how long it’ll be until the last wild elephants and rhinoceroses are gone. 100 of them are killed every day by poachers. Even though elephants and rhinos are legally protected, the amount of money that can be made from the ivory in their tusks is just too much for some people to resist. So poachers go…
  • FAA Grants Michigan State Police Drone Exemption

    Alan Perlman
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
    Source: Detroit Free Press By: John Wisely The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Michigan State Police permission to fly a drone anywhere in the state for law enforcement purposes. The FAA gave the greenlight after a two-day visit to Michigan last month to review the program and safety procedures. First Lt. Chris Bush, Michigan State Police Commander of Field Support and Aviation Section, holds an unmanned aerial vehicle that the police force has been training with since 2013 regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration at the Michigan State Police headquarters in Lansing, Mich.
  • Huge Yacht Fire Filmed By A Drone

    Alan Perlman
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcLbRk3sdQc You have to feel for whoever’s yacht this is, as a boat catching fire is every boat enthusiast’s worst nightmare, but we sure are glad that San Diego captain and drone pilot Kurt Roll was in the area to capture the wild footage in this video. Some pretty gripping stuff right here. The post Huge Yacht Fire Filmed By A Drone appeared first on UAV Coach.
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